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VMware, Google Team On Chromebooks

Unlikely partners team to offer Desktop-as-a-Service on Google Chromebooks. Will pricing lure users to move away from Windows XP systems?

Google Chromebooks.
Google Chromebooks.

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TerryB
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2/13/2014 | 1:24:06 PM
Re: VMware Google move
Hmmm. The first problem they would have here is Active Directory. The Chromebooks I saw (we bought one for some R/D testing before returning it) were wireless devices, didn't even have a Cat 5 ethernet plug. Our WiFi standard implements RADIUS, which requires AD approval to connect to access point. So you would not get any TCP address from DHCP server for the underlying virtual Win session to use.

Without AD and logging onto domain, you would not get access to shared network drives, Sharepoint intranet or use of proxy server to connect to internet, either in Chrome or with Win virtual desktop. It would be worthless, which is why we returned ours to Best Buy.

We were evaluating if Chromebook was adequate replacement for a true Thin Client device. Chromebook was actually cheaper than some of these bricks we were buying. But for the reasons above, it did not pan out.

I think, in general, you'd have to have very specific Windows needs for this to help you. For example, apps that only run in IE6 or IE7, for example. Or just using Win desktop to Remote Desktop into your real Windows workstation from home over VPN. Something like that.
Laurianne
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2/13/2014 | 1:10:31 PM
Re: New commercial obsolete
You can do a lot of work even offline on a Chromebook.
JohnA246
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2/13/2014 | 12:43:39 PM
Re: New commercial obsolete
Sorry, I'll NEVER entrust the cloud with my continued corporate or personal data existence! 

If I can't store and work offline then it is useless as anything other than a backup system.

Trust the cloud DIE by the cloud!
Lorna Garey
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2/13/2014 | 12:21:26 PM
New commercial obsolete
I just last night saw a Microsoft commercial where a mom was talking about buying her kids "real" laptops for under $300. "Not like those devices that can't run Office and are useless when offline" (paraphrasing).

Well, so much for that argument. Let's face it, you're dead in the water offline anyway, and if users can easily use familiar Office applications, chalk another one up for Chrome. It's a smart move.

To Laurie's point, any form of VDI is a bridge tech, until we wean off fat client applications. But sometimes, people need bridges.
Laurianne
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2/13/2014 | 11:13:45 AM
VMware Google move
Is desktop-as-a-service somehow a more attractive marketing name than desktop virtualization? I don't think so but clearly these 2 companies did. What would the pros and cons of this offering be in your eyes, readers?
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